intriguing article in which you said the republican leadership, the elite of the party, as it were, was afraid of the palin candidacy. why? explain. >> i think to understand what's going on you have to think back to the 2010 midterm election, which was fantastic for the republicans, but there were some rough spots there. i think the republican sort of establishment looked and said, you know, the economy was terrible, the democrats controlled everything in washington, voters wanted, you know, to throw the opposition party -- you know, give them some power. so republicans were necessarily going to win. yet there were big races, like the senate race in delaware with christine o'donnell, in nevada with sharron angle, where a republican base insisted on nominating candidates that were unelectable, even in 2010. i think the republican establishment took the lesson from that that, hey, the key to 2012 is if the economy is still bad and voters want to get rid of obama, let's not do anything as a party to screw that up. let's not nominate christine o'donnell or sharron angle. i think they think sarah palin represents that.